The scene may depict the upper part of the Gorges de Chauderon, above Montreux in Switzerland. This identification is supported by an old label on the back of the canvas.

Courbet collaborated with numerous pupils, especially in his later years, and he often finished or signed their work, as is probably the case with this picture.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1819 - 1877
Full title
The Pool
Date made
probably 1870-80
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
72.4 x 58.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number
NG3243
Location in Gallery